Looks like Keisuke Itagaki’s muscle-bound fighting manga franchise, Baki, or Baki the Grappler, is getting itself a new anime. This is because Netflix has now revealed that it will first premiere in Japan this summer 2018. They also unveiled a brand new key visual featuring Baki himself.
After it premieres in Japan this summer, Netflix will then begin streaming the anime in fall. Netflix’s Baki will have 26 episodes, which will follow the second manga series’ “Most Evil Death Row Convicts” arc. The anime itself will be celebrating the franchise’s 25th anniversary because it debuted in Weekly Shonen Champion back in 1991. The manga also previously received two TV anime adaptations, with TMS Entertainment animating this latest one.
Here’s how Netflix describes the new series:
The protagonist, Baki Hanma, trains with an intense focus to become strong enough to surpass his father, Yujiro Hanma, the strongest fighter in the world. Five of the world’s most violent and brutal death row inmates are gathering to face Baki. Their objective is to taste defeat — their unmatched strength and skill have led them to grow bored of life itself, and they now seek out Baki in the hopes that he can overwhelm and utterly crush them. In this crisis, other underground martial art warriors gather to fight by Baki’s side: Kaoru Hanayama, Gouki Shibukawa, Retsu Kaioh, and Doppo Orochi. An epic showdown between violent death row inmates and Baki and his friends begins!
Source: Team Baki official twitter page